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...the obstinate contrarian in me is a little disappointed! 😆
You weren't pushing hard enough.
But after thinking a bit, maybe you're right! We can now have faces that are a pretty good match to any real human. Not perfectly, but reasonably close.
I'd also like to see double-sided heads that are male on one side and female on the other.
And let's get rid of the tiny bit of "skin tone" on a lot of torsos- it just limits which heads you can use on that torso.
How about including extra heads of various colors?
Can you imagine a City set with two characters - a cop and a robber. They make the first one reddish brown and the other light nougat. No-one says anything. Yet if they do it the other way around, they would be accused of perpetuating racist stereotypes based on that one set, without looking across the whole City theme.
There is also the issue of how many of each colour they put in. Which population should they base it on? The World, the Western Hemisphere, Europe, USA, ... and should it be based on the LEGO buying population (so biased towards richer middle classes), and so on.
If fleshies must exist, limit them to licensed themes, but these should be a minority.
I do agree with what some have said, about having no skin in the torso, as to make them more interchangeable.
I'm personally not too bothered by the continued use of yellow figs, but I recognize that part of that is coming from a place of privilege (as a white person I've never really struggled to "see myself" in the classic yellow faces, even with my selection limited by figs wearing glasses). And to be honest, I probably wouldn't be too bothered if Lego eventually moved on to using fleshies across the board, especially since some of the challenges posed by them (chief among them the relative rarity of certain demographic groups) could be significantly improved if they were available from a wider variety of themes. But I'm not sure how soon that day would come, if at all. There would inevitably be growing pains especially with long-running themes like City or Ninjago having to suddenly make the transition. But I don't necessarily think the challenges it would pose are reason enough not to take on those challenges.
Heartlake is a rather positive place though, in that there is no crime, no villains, no confrontation. Whereas in the minifigure based themes there is a lot more confrontation between goodies and baddies, cops and robbers, and so on. And as soon as LEGO has a set that portrays a criminal with reddish brown skin and a cop with light nougat skin, there will be trouble, no matter what is portrayed in other City sets on the shelves at the same time. So for City to change to reaslistic flesh tones, the subjects covered would have to change too.
It looks to me like you have either tunnel vision or nostalgia filter, because in absolute, there are way more colors now than before. Same for the number of parts. We're not looking at the gradient (new piece/color per year), but the total amount of colors and pieces available. Nougat? Medium lavender? The return in great quantities of sand green? Medium azure? We're not just talking about that one new color that people aren't used to yet, neon yellow or whatever, but for sure it'll find its way into sets and MOCs as well, just like every other color before. I think it's fairly ridiculous to blame the variety of colors, even if one or two become more niche. The more the merrier, isn't it?
And the few sets you've mentioned revolve around Castle or Pirate, which are aimed at kids although adults love them too. But look at Ideas. Or Creator Expert/18+/Icons. The flower sets. The numerous modulars since. The Ninjago City sets. The chinese festival sets. The large scale Star Wars sets. The Marvel sets making it into modulars as well. Those stadiums, shoes, and other unusual new-markets sets. All of those there were no hints of in the "golden age" of 2009-2014, and yet here they are, today, 2022.
As for the clothings of 1950, you've had this argument here before, and you're probably still one of the few with this vision, so... give it some time before opening that can of worms again! :P